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Poster: cooperway4 Date: Jan 20, 2011 3:16am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Found on Community

Being a U.S. released film it is not eligible for restored copyright and David R. Baer has been proven time again to have filed fraudulent copyright renewals around this time period (including One-Eyed Jacks).

So this movie is PD and should be moved to Feature Films.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: Jan 20, 2011 3:31am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Found on Community

The chain of transfers and renewals related to Baer's claim on this title actually seem fairly genuine:

Godzilla, king of the monsters. By Jewell Enterprises, Inc.
Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: RE0000254883 / 1984-12-31
Renewal registration for: LP0000006465 / 1956-04-27
Title: Godzilla, king of the monsters. By Jewell Enterprises, Inc.
Copyright Claimant: David R. Baer (PWH)
Copyright Note: C.O. correspondence.

Variant title: Godzilla, king of the monsters.
Names: Baer, David R.
Jewell Enterprises, Inc.


The below transfers make the above renewal seem valid:

Godzilla, king of the monsters; LP6465 (1956)
Type of Work: Recorded Document
Document Number: V2248P363
Date of Recordation: 1987-03-05
Entire Copyright Document: V2248P363 (Single page document)
Date of Execution: as of 23Aug84
Registration Number Not Verified: LP6465 (1956)
Title: Godzilla, king of the monsters; motion picture / LP6465 (1956)
Notes: Assignment of copyright.
Party 1: Jewell Enterprises.
Party 2: David R. Baer.

Names: Baer, David R.
Jewell Enterprises.

Godzilla, king of the monsters; RE 254-883 (1984)
Type of Work: Recorded Document
Document Number: V2355P044
Date of Recordation: 1988-04-22
Entire Copyright Document: V2355P044 (Single page document)
Date of Execution: 18Mar88
Registration Number Not Verified: RE 254-883 (1984)
Title: Godzilla, king of the monsters; motion picture / RE 254-883 (1984)
Notes: Assignment of copyright.
Party 1: David R. Baer.
Party 2: Toho Company, Ltd.

Names: Baer, David R.
Toho Company, Ltd.


Even if these were invalid the film would still be covered by copyright. The US version contains additional new footage and sound but is a derivative work created using original footage from the 1954 Japanese film. That original film is properly registered and renewed for US copyright and, therefore, any derivatives based on it are controlled under that copyright.

Registration
Godzilla, the king of monsters / a Toho production ; produced by Tomoyuki...
Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: PA0000157725 / 1982-12-14
Application Title: Godjira.
Title: Godzilla, the king of monsters / a Toho production ; produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka ; directed by Ishiro Honda.
Imprint: [Japan : s.n.], 1954.
Description: 5 film reels (90 min.) : sd., b&w ; 35 mm.
Notes: Deposit includes description (2 p.).
Title on description: Gojira.
Language: Japanese language, English subtitles; English subtitle version deposited in lieu of the original version under grant of special relief.
Cast: Takashi Shimura, Momoko Kochi, Akira Takarada et al.
Credits: Screenplay by Ishiro Honda & Takeo Murata; photographed by Masao Tamai; music by Akira Ifukube.
Copyright Claimant: Toho, Ltd.
Date of Creation: 1954
Date of Publication: 1954-11-03
Authorship on Application: Toho, Ltd., employer for hire.

Other Title: Gojira
Names: Tanaka, Tomoyuki
Honda, Ishiro
Toho, Ltd.


Renewal
Godjira; a.k.a. Godzilla.
Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: RE0000145774 / 1982-12-14
Renewal registration for: PA0000157725 / 1954-11-03
Title: Godjira; a.k.a. Godzilla.
Copyright Claimant: Toho, Ltd. (PWH)

Variant title: Godjira
Other Title: Godzilla
Names: Toho, Ltd.